Pre-Existing conditions before your child was diagnosed with diabetes...

Carole - posted on 11/20/2008 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Did anyone here have experience with long term conditions before their child was diagnosed with diabetes, and then all of a sudden was cured once they were on an insulin regimen? To make a long and gross story short, our son was severely constipated for the 2.5 years. We were using suppositories, prescription powder laxatives, prunes...you name it. This started when he was 6 months old and was obvioulsy unable to tell us what was wrong. The day he was diagnosed and started an insulin regimen, he was instantly cured of the constipation. Our doctor said that it is a coincidence and his body could not have been dehydrating itself for 2.5 years b/c of diabetes. It has been 9 months since his diagnosis, and he has never gone back to the constipation.

Another family that we met has a little girl that was 7 when she was diagnosed. The entire year before the diagnosis, she had an infection under one of her finger nails that they tried to get rid of with antibiotics and other methods, and nothing worked. As soon as she was diagnosed and put on an insulin regimen the infection started to grow out and was soon gone.

Just wondering if anyone else had other experiences like this.

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Heather - posted on 01/17/2009

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From what I understand father to daughter is more common than father to son, our new endocronoligist said the same thing to us last week confirming the statistics.

Fiona - posted on 01/17/2009

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My son was a wet lung baby and spent 3 days in NICU just after he was born.  We now suspect he has asthma and has been on inhalers so the last 2 years when he needs them.  He is not able to do a lung function test yet as he can't blow into the machine properly.  He was diagnosed at age 5 (March 29, 2008).  We usually all get sick over the winter (typically at Christmas) but so far this year we have all excaped illness.  Not sure if we can say this is diabetes related or not. 

Carole - posted on 01/16/2009

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We were told, and have now read on some JDRF websites, that there is a 4-6% chance of a child that is born from a juvenile diabetic, to obtain the disease.

Valerie - posted on 01/16/2009

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They told you that it wasn't possible for your boys to get it because your husband had it? Man, half of the people on here say that the childs father had Type 1. That's weird!

Heather - posted on 01/16/2009

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My son was diagnosed with acid reflux at age 8 due to night time vomiting, he was always a sick little boy, I think he puked at least twice a week for those first 8 years. We were told it was not possible for my boys to become diabetic (type 1) because their father was (99.9% chance my boys would not have it). At age 12 he was diagnosed and Acid Reflux GONE!!

Heather - posted on 01/16/2009

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Quoting Carole:

Pre-Existing conditions before your child was diagnosed with diabetes...

Did anyone here have experience with long term conditions before their child was diagnosed with diabetes, and then all of a sudden was cured once they were on an insulin regimen? To make a long and gross story short, our son was severely constipated for the 2.5 years. We were using suppositories, prescription powder laxatives, prunes...you name it. This started when he was 6 months old and was obvioulsy unable to tell us what was wrong. The day he was diagnosed and started an insulin regimen, he was instantly cured of the constipation. Our doctor said that it is a coincidence and his body could not have been dehydrating itself for 2.5 years b/c of diabetes. It has been 9 months since his diagnosis, and he has never gone back to the constipation.
Another family that we met has a little girl that was 7 when she was diagnosed. The entire year before the diagnosis, she had an infection under one of her finger nails that they tried to get rid of with antibiotics and other methods, and nothing worked. As soon as she was diagnosed and put on an insulin regimen the infection started to grow out and was soon gone.
Just wondering if anyone else had other experiences like this.


 

Valerie - posted on 01/14/2009

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I don't know if this was a pre-existing condition, but my Emily was very weak for about 10 months before she was diagnosed. She also has Downs Syndrome. Therefore, we never thought much about her not being able to hold her head up (this was at 11 months), sit up, roll over or anything physical because weak muscle tone is a symptom of DS. However, her physical therapist came about a week after she was diagnosed and was amazed at the muscle tone that she had gained in just a short amount of time. She moved right along physically right after that...started rolling over, sitting up, and is now trying to pull up on tables. The DS has still slowed her down a little bit, but the Diabetes obviously impacted her muscle tone in a very severe way.

Jeana - posted on 01/13/2009

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hi iam new my little girl were always getting bad ear infections then a couple months.later she was diagonsed i couldnt believe it i thought this cant be right.she turned four last dec .

User - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hi, my first time on this community and this caught my eye. Both my daughter and a local friend had a history of a skin virus called Moluscum Contagium before being diagnosed with Type I, both at 12 years old. I suspect it was this virus that the antibodies decided to attack, later attacking the Islets of langerhorn cells in the pancreas.

User - posted on 01/08/2009

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My son had always been a chronic bedwetter, with my ex-mother in law not telling me the truth that he was also wetting the bed when he stayed at her home. Anyways, the doctors all told me it was a *stage*. One he would eventually grow out of. It was only when I had no sheets or blankets left that I jumped up and down to find out why he was doing this that the dr tested *as a last resort* for diabetes, telling me no he won't have it. Lo and behold a week later he was admitted to hospital with diabetes type 1. From the first shot of insulin he has never wet the bed again!

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When our daughter was born she was more or less a "failure to thrive" baby for about 4 months, with lots of problems nursing. She was also the one who got pneumonia, ear infections, and the like. When she was six, she had chronic yeast infections, and I asked for some lab work to see if she was diabetic, but I was "poo-pooed". One year later, she was in ketoacidosis with all the classic diabetes symptoms. So, in a way, we had pre-existing problems, but really she was just a sickly, immune deficient kid. Happy, joyous, and loving, but sickly. She's fifteen now, and no one would ever guess that she has diabetes!

I'm glad your son is doing better. This is quite a journey we are all on!

Jamee - posted on 12/05/2008

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Not too much with children but some of these things happen with adults. A co-worker lost 4 toes. It makes a lot of sence though because diabetes makes you thirsty and you pee alot therefore you can dehydrate. And they tell you to keep your eyes open for any kind of cut or blister that doesnt heal or gets infected. my daughter had symptoms 3 years before she was dignosed (even urine)but all the lab work came back negative...go figure

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